The Only One Left

Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you… I am the only one left...” 1 Kings 19:10

Elijah had just about HAD it. The nation he was called to serve had thrown themselves into idolatry and pagan worship. They had redefined what it meant to follow God and were quite defiant about it. Even the king and queen were rotten to the core. He had stood like a champion on that mountain, calling down fire from heaven to demonstrate the power of God. He’d stood firm and won, but now he was on the run from Queen Jezebel. And he was all alone. It just felt like too much. But the Lord’s quiet answer to His weary servant was this: “No, there are others. I’m sending one to you now.”

 Have you ever felt like Elijah? Maybe you are the only one in your family, workplace, or peer group who cares about serving God. As we watch our world throw itself into idolatry and pagan worship, as we see so-called Christians redefine what it means to follow God, we can start to feel very alone. When standing for biblical truth means that peers mock sexual purity, coworkers scoff at honesty, and headlines threaten our freedom, we can be tempted to check out. Forget church. Forget standing alone. Forget following God. But His gentle answer to His weary warriors is this: “No, there are others. I am sending them to you.”

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